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June 19 2018

Graham’s Dairy vision curdles as planning appeal is dismissed
Graham’s Dairy has expressed its disappointment at a decision by the minister for local government and housing to dismiss its planning appeal to erect 600 homes, a primary school and park at Airthrey Kerse, Stirling.

The development was judged to contravene the Local Development Plan, sealing its fate at the hands of the minister and prompting the dairy business to lash out at the ‘contradictory message’ given by the Scottish government.

Graham’s managing director Robert Graham said: “For a Government that talks of its commitment to growing the Scottish economy, prioritising the rural and food and drink sectors as well as tackling the housing shortfall in Scotland, this decision by the Planning Minister sends a clearly contradictory message.”

Mactaggart & Mickel group director Andrew Mickel said: “This is a huge disappointment and a surprising decision by the Scottish Government which has publicly stated that economic prosperity is at the heart of its vision for Scotland.

"The government says all the right things about tackling the housing crisis, but this decision suggests they are unwilling to actually take the steps required to bring about real improvements.”

If granted the scheme would have delivered 15,000sq/ft of retail, new foot and cycle paths and a flood alleviation scheme.

4 Comments

Stop
#1 Posted by Stop on 20 Jun 2018 at 08:58 AM
Good. Enough with the urban sprawl.
Go
#2 Posted by Go on 20 Jun 2018 at 10:32 AM
Bad. A lack of foresight by the Scottish government. A missed opportunity to gain better use of underutilised land. A missed opportunity to grow the local economy and provide wider benefits to Scottish food & drinks sector. A missed opportunity for jobs. A missed opportunity to improve housing. Time for the Scottish government to 'walk the talk' and do something positive for a change.
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 20 Jun 2018 at 13:09 PM
This surely does not come as a surprise? Local Development Plans are essential to control and manage land use and for the Scottish Government to approve this would undermine the value of it. Developers need to recognise and work within its constraints. The time to promote alternative interests is prior to adoption of the plan. Such control measures are essential if the bigger picture and balance of different developments is to be maintained.
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 22 Jun 2018 at 08:57 AM
Looks like I've lost my fiver.

#3 This was recommended for approval by the planning department who put the LDP together. Its refusal is all down to politics.

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